October 18, 2014 by westsideneighborhoodalliance
SFGate reported on Oct. 14 that Ted Gullicksen, executive director of the San Francisco Tenants Union and for decades one of San Francisco’s biggest advocates for renters, was found dead Tuesday in his bed.
“His passing left many in the city, particularly his friends and progressive allies on this city’s political left, stunned, and robbed tenant advocates of one of their clearest voices as the city struggles with a housing affordability crisis,” SFGate reported. “Whether it was running a program to help tenants stave off evictions, defending the city’s rent-control protections or amending legislation to protect low-income residents from being priced out during renovations, Mr. Gullicksen was at the center of the matter.”
Nearly two-thirds of San Francisco residents are renters, making Gullicksen’s passing a major loss for countless San Franciscans.